FREEFORM CASTS ITS LEADS FOR THE PAUL FEIG AND KIM ROSENSTOCK
Original Comedy From Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Feigco Entertainment
Freeform today revealed the cast for the comedy pilot tentatively titled "Girls Code," from Emmy(R)-nominated executive producer and director Paul Feig ("Freaks and Geeks," "Spy," "Ghostbusters," "Bridesmaids"), and writer and creator Kim Rosenstock ("New Girl," "GLOW"). The pilot follows the odd couple partnership between two former MIT lab partners - Wendy, a brazen, self-centered tech CEO, and Angela, a community-building social entrepreneur - who must try to overcome their many issues and unfavorable history with each other in order to run a groundbreaking, all-female tech incubator.
From Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Feigco Entertainment, the half-hour women-in-the-workplace comedy pilot written by Rosenstock with Feig directing is currently in production.
Cast in the roles of Wendy and Angela are Sophia Di Martino ("Flowers") and Kirby Howell-Baptiste ("Downward Dog"), respectively. Wendy is a wunderkind robotics engineer and CEO of Lighthouse Industries. While charismatic, successful, confident and seemingly unstoppable, a PR disaster and catastrophic malfunction force her to step back and figure out what to do next. Angela, an equally brilliant professor of engineering, chose to pursue the non-profit side of coding by creating an incubator for up-and-coming female tech entrepreneurs, overseeing a workplace of genius women, young and old, who are on a mission to change the world.
Also joining the cast are Hayley Magnus ("The Dressmaker") as Wendy's upbeat, ambitious and hypercompetent assistant Johanna; Andy Buckley ("The Office") as Wendy's mentor who often fills a paternal role for her; and Rene Gube ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") as the burnt-out but hardworking chief operating officer of Lighthouse Industries.
"Girls Code" is created by Rosenstock, who also serves as executive producer alongside Feig and Jessie Henderson for Feigco Entertainment. Joy Gorman Wettels ("13 Reasons Why"), who brought the original notion to Feigco and Rosenstock, and Steve Golin serve as executive producers on behalf of Anonymous Content. Feigco's Dan Magnante will serve as co-producer.
Freeform's growing slate of original scripted comedies includes smash hit "grown-ish," executive produced by Kenya Barris and starring Yara Shahidi; critically acclaimed breakout series "The Bold Type"; buddy comedy "Alone Together" from The Lonely Island; and fan favorite "Young & Hungry."
Part of Disney|ABC Television, Freeform connects to audiences and goes beyond entertainment with bold, original programming and immersive social engagement. As Disney's young adult television and streaming network, it delivers a unique mix of quality original and acquired series, plus fan-favorite movies and the holiday events "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas." The Freeform app is a service that allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access via a wide array of devices.
About Paramount Television
Paramount Television is a leading studio, developing and financing a wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television content across all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio's robust slate includes Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" (Amazon), "13 Reasons Why" (Netflix), "Maniac" (Netflix), "Shooter" (USA), "Berlin Station" (EPIX), "The Alienist" (TNT), "The Haunting of Hill House" (Netflix), "Catch-22' (Hulu), "Galaxy Quest" (Amazon), "Girls Code" (Freeform) and "Snow Crash" (Amazon), among others. Additionally, Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) is behind hit digital series including "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$"; "The Hotwives of Orlando" and "The Hotwives of Las Vegas" (Hulu). Paramount Television and Paramount Digital Entertainment are part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.
About Anonymous Content
Founded in 1999 by CEO Steve Golin, Anonymous Content is a leading management and film, TV and commercial production company. Anonymous Content manages the careers of many of the world's most renowned and innovative directors, writers, actors and comedians, working closely with them to achieve their goals by both creating and finding opportunities for them, whether in feature films, television, commercials, music videos or brand integrated content. Anonymous Content's clients have been recognized with Academy Awards(R), Emmys(R), Golden Globes(R), Tony Awards(R), Pulitzer Prizes(R) and other prestigious awards. The company's award-winning Film & TV division boasts many commercially successful and critically-acclaimed works, including Best Picture Academy Award winning SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT, COLLATERAL BEAUTY, 50 FIRST DATES, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, WINTER'S BONE, and BABEL. The company's TV slate includes "True Detective" (HBO), "Mr. Robot" (USA Network), "Schitt's Creek" (POP), "Berlin Station" (EPIX), "The OA" (Netflix), "Electric Dreams" (Channel 4/Amazon), and "13 Reasons Why" (Netflix), as well as upcoming titles "The Alienist" (TNT), and "Maniac" (Netflix). Through its commercial work, Anonymous Content is also the driving creative force behind countless top brands, including Prada, Nike and Coke. In 2016, Anonymous Content received a substantial minority investment from Emerson Collective, the organization founded and run by Laurene Powell Jobs, to allow the firm to expand its production offerings in socially-relevant content aimed at inspiring change. For more information, visit www.anonymouscontent.com.
About Paul Feig
Paul Feig is a multi-talented creator, working successfully as a filmmaker, writer, producer, and author whose films (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) have grossed over one billion dollars worldwide. His production company, Feigco Entertainment, was created with one goal - creating edgy, commercial comedies and original tentpole films starring women (the first and only company of its kind). Feig's most recent film was the critically acclaimed reboot of Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The film, beloved by audiences worldwide, won the Favorite Movie Award at the 2017 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Up next, Feig has directed his first thriller, A Simple Favor, starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding. Feigco is also executive producing "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale" for Netflix.